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Thanksgiving 2020

22 Nov

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Thanksgiving 2020.  Well, we have to think seriously about what we have to be thankful for, don’t we?  

It’s certainly been a year of turmoil – but we are still alive!  I am thankful.

It’s been a year of uncertainty – but God is still on His throne and in control!  I am thankful.

It’s been a year of so many “hiding out” – but I/we have not done that.  I am thankful.  

Have you ever heard of Dr. David Jeremiah?  He is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California. (www.DavidJeremiah.org)   He has a TV program called Turning Point.  I’ve not listened to his radio program, but I suspect it’s called Turning Point, as well.  He preaches God’s word, and we are blest every time we watch his TV program.  His organization publishes a monthly magazine and devotional guide called Turning Points.  The November 2020 issue interested me,

and as I was thumbing through the scripture and comments, I came to November 26.  What Dr. Jeremiah wrote really touched my heart, and I would like to share some of what he wrote:

“In the most general terms, the way to give thanks was expanded from the Old Testament to the New.  In the Old Testament, God was normally thanked “for” things – His works, attributes, and blessings (Psalm 106).  While that focus is maintained in the New Testament, it is expanded to giving thanks “in” all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  That is, in all circumstances.  We can do that because we know God causes “all things” to work together for our good (Romans 8:28)” [used by permission]

So how ‘bout it – do you give thanks to God “in” all things?  In every circumstance you find yourself?  How about if you lost your job during the pandemic?  Something in there to be thankful for?  How about if, during this year of lockdown, you find yourself developing an illness?

Way back, 20 years ago, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I tried very hard to not feel “WHY ME????” 

It helped me to see others who were worse off than I was.  There is always someone worse off than I am!  Okay, I had cancer; okay, I had a breast removed.  My mentor had both breasts removed!  She eventually died from a cancer they couldn’t totally remove with surgery.  

And so, I began to think of the “good” things in cancer:

1) yes, I had a breast removed, but I live in the age when they no longer remove the chest wall, and I can do everything normal with that arm.

2) God has used me to help other women who are going through the same thing, and are discouraged or frightened.  He has allowed me to be His instrument in many, many ways.

3) God used my cancer to bring me and my husband closer together than we had been.  Fred was my cheering squad – he even changed my drain tubes following surgery!

4)  God brought me closer to Him than I ever have been.  My church family has lifted me up time and time again.  Following my diagnosis, my first surgery wasn’t for another month, since it was a slow-growing cancer.  We had a trip planned and paid for, that we couldn’t miss.  When we returned home, there must have been 50 cards waiting in the mail for me – all from members of our church family.  And each one gave me encouragement – and all gave their favorite scripture – none of them the same.  God’s word is FULL of encouragement.

So yes, it’s been a time of confusion, but God is still on His throne, I am still alive in this world, and…

I AM THANKFUL!

May your Thanksgiving be a blessed one.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

15 Nov

Wiesbaden-Part 1

SUNDAY MEMORIES

My husband, Fred, joined the U.S. Air Force following his college and seminary education.

While he had intended to go into full-time ministry, God had other plans for him.  He was sent to San Jose, California to attend a year’s study/training in meteorology at San Jose State College (now University).  

Credit Google Search and San Jose State University website

During our stay in California, he received follow-on orders to Wiesbaden, West Germany.  He was to be assigned to the Weather Unit there, for the Air Force.  We were both excited about the prospect of living in Germany.  I had never been out of the U.S. (except for a couple of visits to Mexico as a teenager), so this was an exciting time for me.

I was pregnant with our first child at the time we left for Germany, and was a bit concerned when our baby stopped moving after we arrived on German soil.  However, I think she was just tired from that 8-hour flight – as was I – because she picked up the pace after a good rest!

We delighted in Germany.  We were unable to get into American housing right away, and lived “on the economy” the first year we were there.  That was an amazing experience, as well.  We found a house that rented to Americans, and we lived on the entire second floor of this house. 

1967 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Upstairs is our apartment – with the balcony

We didn’t have any furniture, so we were glad to find this house was furnished, since we were only allotted 2,000 pounds of “furnishings” by the U.S. government.  We purchased a car (actually two separate cars while there), and set up for living.

There was a lot about Wiesbaden we loved.  We lived just down the street from a beautiful park.  Fred and I would take walks through the park, and later, after our Karen was born, we would take her on buggy walks through the park.  The German people – especially the women – would stop us and ohhh and ahhh over Karen, and we were pleased.  

The park where we walked

We had originally decided to attend the military base chapel on Sundays, since Fred had grown up in chapel, and his father was an Air Force chaplain, but give our tithe to the English-speaking Baptist Church we found in town.  However, after visiting the church a few times, some of the members of the church, convinced us that we should indeed, be members of that little church.  And so we did.  While there, they moved from the “cellar” where they met, into a more up-to-date building.  I began playing the piano for that congregation during that time, and played until we left Germany.  That’s where we met Frau Katie.  Quoting myself from another post I wrote about Wiesbaden:

There was a nursery there [in the church], that was manned by a lady they called Frau Katie.  I think she really took a shine to us, since I would take Karen down to the nursery and nurse her.  That was when a lot of American women were against nursing their babies, and only using bottles.  In any case, Karen became a favorite of hers.

Karen and Frau Katie

On one of our last trips before we rotated stateside, we asked Frau Katie to stay with Karen while we were gone.  We later discovered that she was teaching Karen to speak German!  That gave Karen a head-start on German when we returned to Germany 10 years later.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

8 Nov

Paris Part 2

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I think the most memorable trip was the bus trip we made to Paris with the girls in 1981 over New Year’s into 1982.  The first complaint we had was that, when we boarded the bus,

Credit Pixabay

we found that a lot of the single soldiers traveling together, had each wanted a window seat, leaving only one seat on the aisle for someone else.

On the bus

Therefore, when we found two seats together, we took that one.  The remaining two seats together were at the back of the bus.  Okay, that’s not much of a problem, except that was the “smoking section” on the bus, which was laughable.

Credit Pixabay

I mean, come-on – ANY smoking on a BUS would contaminate the entire bus.  But Fred was violently opposed to sitting among all that smoke, so I volunteered to sit in the back with one of our daughters.  The girls weren’t too pleased with the situation, and traded seats with each other quite often.  I especially remember that, being winter and cold weather, we had our coats and gloves with us.  And the girls would sit with my leather glove across their noses the entire time they sat in the back with me – they really couldn’t stand all that smoke!

Credit Pixabay

Also, on the trip home from Paris, quite a few of those riding with us, especially in the back of the bus, had been drinking.  I guess they had found a New Year’s party somewhere.  They were quite tipsy and loud – they particularly enjoyed doing the “Funky Chicken” over and over with much hilarious laughter.  I remember telling Karen, who was sitting with me at the time, that “this is real life – this is not a made-up movie to show you what drunk people are supposed to look like.”  She looked at me and stated that “they are stupid…and silly…and I will NEVER get drunk!!”  And she never did.  It was a great teaching moment.

But that story gets us away from our time in Paris.  We loved staying in the hotel, and the breakfasts they gave us of French bread, butter and jam,

Credit Pixabay

and the croissants (sigh)!  We just wished they had allotted us more than one croissant!  They were delicious!!

Credit Pixabay

We went to the Louvre, and spent quite a bit of time there.          

The Louvre with small arch

 We went up the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower – Judy, Karen and Janet

We walked along the Trocadero and we told the girls about our 1969 visit to Paris, and the fountain with jets shooting water across the fountain.  

The Trocadero and water canons

We showed them  the statues we had seen along the Trocadero in 1969.

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero

 We went inside the Notre Dame and showed them the beautiful Rose Window with its stained glass.

We went to and inside Versailles, and took in all its beauty. 

 We saw Napoleon’s tomb. 

Napoleon’s Tomb

 We walked along the Champs Élysées and admired all the stores and the Arc de Triomphe.  We didn’t dare attempt to get to the Arc, as the traffic was suicidal!

The Arc in the setting sun…beautiful!

But, all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Paris.  It was thrilling to us to know that we were in that beautiful country, and all the history that had passed through that lovely city and country.  If Fred and I ever go back to France, there are other places I would like to visit – Normandy, Marseille, Toulouse (mainly because my father stayed in Toulouse following WW1 for one year, and studied at the university there), Avignon, and just the French countryside.

Whether or not that comes to be, is anyone’s guess.  Well, I guess I should say that if it is God’s will, we will go there.  Otherwise, I’ll just be pleased God allowed us to see as much of France – and the world – that we did.  I am grateful.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

1 Nov

Paris-Part 1

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Sitting at home, watching the very-late-in-the-year French Tennis Open Tournament on TV, 

Credit Google Search and india.com

and on the screen was the Eiffel Tower – all lit up with its sparkly lights.  According to Google search, the lights sparkle on the tower for five (5) minutes every hour, on the hour, while the beacon shines over Paris.

Credit Google Search and toureiffel.paris

Quoting the website:   “On 31 December 1999 at the approach of midnight, the entire world will discover the beacon and the Tower’s sparkling lights.

The beacon, sending out two light beams with a reach of 80 kilometres, is composed of 4 “marine” motorised projectors. They are operated by automatically piloted computer programs. Since their rotation sweep is 90°, they are synchronized to form a double beam in a cross that pivots around 360°.

The xenon 6000 watt lamps were chosen for their longevity, around 1,200 hours. The lamps are cooled to prevent overheating and a heating system is activated when the temperatures drop below zero Centigrade whilst the lights are off.

This beacon resonates the image of Gustave Eiffel’s Tower itself as a universal and symbolic landmark.

The sparkling lights are superimposed over the golden lighting, they bring the monument to life for 5 minutes every hour on the hour once the Tower has been lit up until 1 am.

To finalize the show, the gold lights were shut down and only the sparkling lights performed, ten minutes of magic never seen before, breathtaking.” [www.toureiffelparis.com]

As Fred and I watched the few minutes of the sparkling lights on the tower, we were reminded that, back in 1981 when we visited Paris with our girls, there was a “blue” laser light projected from the tower.  We took pictures (35 mm slide photos) of the tower and laser, but were informed that the laser light would NOT show up in photos.  Below are the photos we took, contradicting that information.  We were amazed and pleased at the outcome of the pictures we took.

We actually made several trips to Paris during our tours of duty.  We went every time Fred’s parents came to visit us while we were stationed in Germany.  We went when my mother came to visit us – once during each tour of duty.  Fred’s parents loved to travel, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Paris.  My mother had never been to Europe, and was so excited to see anything and anywhere we would take her.  She was amazed at all she saw, especially in Paris.  My father had been in World War 1, as a medic, and had stayed in France for a year following the war to study.  He picked up a few words here and there in French, and continued to use them as I was growing up.

~~~~~~~~~~To be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany- Cable Cars

25 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Recently, Fred and I visited Disney Hollywood Studios (we like to just call it the “Studios”).  While Disney is open a bit now, there are still a lot of shows and rides that aren’t open.  Therefore, we don’t spend a lot of time at the Studios.

Credit Google Search and Walt Disney World Resort

However, there is a new “mode of transportation” at the Studios, that goes from there to EPCOT, with stops at some of the resorts along the way.  They fashion it a “gondola-lift” type of transportation, and call it the Disney Skyliner.  We rode it for the first time – and thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

Many years ago, some were asking why the Monorail only ran from The Magic Kingdom to EPCOT – why not to the other Disney parks.  The answer seemed to be that the cost was just too prohibitive.  

Be that as it may, after riding in the Skyliner, we were curious about the cost – whether it was that much less than the Monorail would have been.  That really isn’t too much of our concern – except as how it affects the price of our Annual Pass!  But as Fred says, the cable car only requires a “cable” to run the gondola along, where the Monorail requires an entire track!  So perhaps the Skyliner is, indeed, much less expensive.

All that to say that Fred and I began reminiscing about cable car transportation we have experienced in our lifetime.

The first that we remembered was when we were stationed in Wiesbaden, West Germany (1967-1970).  We were “vacationing” in Garmisch, in Bavaria, and decided to take the cable car up the Zugspitze. 

The Zugspitze – Credit Google Search and en.wikipedia.org

That mountain is the highest one in Germany.  It was a fun ride in that cable car – but the funniest thing was that we saw quite a few young people with their skies in tow – and the skiers were wearing shorts and t-shirts!  Granted it was the middle of summer, but come-on – this was nearly 10,000′ above sea level!  And it’s COLD at that altitude!!  We were highly amused!

This symbol is at the highest point on the mountain

We then remembered the time we rode the Tram from the foothills of Albuquerque up to the top of Sandia Crest (altitude 10,679′ above sea level).  The Tramway had not been built until after Fred and I married and moved away from Albuquerque (1961).  

We remember riding cable cars in Lucerne, Switzerland up the mountainside to Mount Pilatus.

Mount Pilatus, taken from Lucerne

On top of Mt. Pilatus, looking down at the cable car

Fred remembers that in 1948 when he was sent to a four-week summer camp in Switzerland, and that on one of their outings they rode in a cable (car).  Instead of an actual car, there were long poles attached to the cable.  About 10 feet below the cable, was a bicycle-type handle-bar, and just below the handle-bar was a bicycle-type seat.  During the snow season, skiers would ride, sitting on the bicycle seat with the skies dangling below in the open air.  During the ski season, there would be at least 10-12 feet of snow below the seats, making it a ski lift.  In June there was no snow, so all of us campers road with our feet dangling.  At times we were at least 40 feet above the ground above most of the trees.   Quite an thrilling experience, especially with no seat belts.

Fred – 1948

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-The Windows

18 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

While we were in Heidelberg (1980-1983), the military decided that the windows in all U.S. government housing apartments needed to be replaced with newer, better ones.

1980 – our apartment building.  Ours is the top left, on the end.

Now, that usually isn’t a big deal, and the new ones were a great improvement over the old ones.  And those buildings (with kitchen/bathroom fixtures) were built in the 1940’s, so an upgrade should have been welcomed.

The windows in the housing in Patrick Henry Village (PHV) were a pop-out/pop-in situation.  The buildings in PHV were built much later than the ones we lived in – in Mark Twain Village (MTV).  So PHV windows were done first, then they turned to us.

Unfortunately, the window spaces built in those MTV buildings were not any kind of “standard” sizes.  The frames were just not the same size as the windows they wanted to replace.  Therefore, they had to remove all the windows in our buildings and drill out the window spaces in order for the new windows to fit!!

That might not have been much of a problem, except they wanted to do all that drilling work while we were still living in the space!!  Here are a couple of pictures of what we had to do – everything had to be moved away from the windows and stacked against the walls.  So we covered everything with sheets and plastic sheeting, to keep the dust off the furniture.  And that included every window in the apartment!

The alcove in the living room

Window at the end of the building-during the renovation.

Here are pictures of the windows in Karen’s room – one at the end of the building, and one on the side.

Here is a picture of Janet’s room – and you can see that there was a large double window there! 

Here is a picture of Janet’s room – and you can see that there was a large double window there! 

That was also the same as the windows in our master bedroom. (Sorry, no picture there)

There was one window in the bathroom,

and another triple in the kitchen. 

There were three or four windows in each of the alcoves in the living room and dining room, and another large set at the end of the building.

The window at the end of the building, before the renovation.

So that’s a lot of windows.  It took them two weeks to drill out the window space and replace the old windows with the new ones.  We lived in a hotel during that entire time.  There was just no way we could live – in October! – in that apartment with no windows.

And then, when they were done, we found that the window replacements were taller than the original ones – and, therefore, all the window “treatment” that we had, was MUCH shorter than it had been before!  Not too happy about that.  But I didn’t want to purchase anything else for the window treatments, as we would be leaving Germany in June of the next year – just eight months later.  So we just “made do” with what we had.

Yeah, it was an inconvenience, but life is like that.  It was still an experience, and one we won’t forget any time soon! 

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Look Who Came for a Visit-Part 2

11 Oct

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about critters we see here in Florida, birds, water birds, and especially the “visit” we had from a doe in our backyard.  (Please see my post of December 30, 2018 – Look who came for a visit) Fred and I have been thrilled with the wildlife we see here in this wonderful state. 

But the visit from the deer is especially thrilling.  She did not seem to be afraid, but watched me closely as I took her picture.

Well, I was startled to see her – I like to think it’s the same doe – recently in our backyard again.  But this time, she was laying down, seeming to be just resting!  I have enhanced the pictures, since I took them through the glass door and the screened-in patio. 

I continued to watch her for about half- an-hour, alternating between watching the French Open Tennis Tournament on TV, and her.  She would watch me some, then look down the alley between our house and the next-door-neighbor’s fence.  She was in a spot where she could see that, and also into our and our other neighbor’s yards.  She was very attentive.

So imagine my surprise when I looked back at her after some time, to see her standing up – and her spotted fawn was nursing! 

My heart was full!   As I watched, amazed, the fawn’s tail was going 90-miles-an-hour!  What a delight.  I did have a bit of trouble getting a good picture of the fawn nursing – either the bushes were in the way, or the screen door and door post were in the way.  But after the fawn stopped eating, I think I was able to get some good pictures.

Back to the TV for a few seconds – and when I looked back – they were gone!  I missed seeing them leave, like I had wanted to do.  Shucks!! 

When I was describing this  event to a friend, she asked what time of day it occurred.  When I told her it was “2:00 in the afternoon,” she was amazed.  As she said, usually these animals come out in the early morning.  So the afternoon was an unusual time for the doe and her fawn to be out.  It was wonderful!

But it was such a thrill to see that – right in my backyard!  I have wondered whether or not this was the same doe we saw nearly two years ago.  Perhaps we are a spot where she feels safe – for herself as well as for her baby.  I would like to think so, anyway.

Thank you, Lord, for giving us this precious moment to observe your creation.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles

4 Oct

Herrenchiemsee-Part 5

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

The Porcelain Room

THE PORCELAIN ROOM was “first intended to be decorated with painted porcelain panels.  Inspirations for the mythological motifs stem from a room at Fountaineblue.”  French influence, one more, and more of Louis XIV, as well.

The Robing Chamber

THE ROBING CHAMBER is connected by a staircase to the bedroom.

I know this is a lot of technical information about this castle, but it would be difficult for me to describe it in detail – and it’s been many years since we visited there.  

Because this castle is built on an “island,” there really isn’t too much “town” around.  Lots of tourists go there to visit the castle, but also to snow ski in the winter time.  Because no one in our family snow skis, we really didn’t have much reason to visit there during the winter.

Aerial view of the palace and grounds

But this castle is, like Linderhof, extremely ornate – gold and gilt everywhere.  I’ve not read anything that says that Ludwig stayed here very much at all.  As I said, I suspect he was a very lonely man.  I did find where he was engaged in January 1867 to his cousin, Princess Sophie Charlotte of Bavaria, a sister of Empress Elizabeth of Austria.  Everything was in place – coins minted, etc, but in October of 1867, Ludwig dissolved the engagement, and never again thought of marriage.  And so he lived out his life alone.  

His death is shrouded in mystery.  He and a doctor were found drowned, and no one has ever discovered how that came to be.  However, I think the Bavarian people gave a sigh of relief, since he had practically bankrupted the country with the building of his castles.

However, we are now the recipients of these wonders – and we marvel at them.

1969 – taken on our trip to Bavaria

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles Part 4

27 Sep

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Herrenchiemsee

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

The Writing Room

In THE WRITING ROOM, the paintings above the doors depict scenes of campaigns fought under Louis XIV.  The large portrait is of Louis XV.  “The large roll-top desk is a copy made in Paris in 1884, where the famous desk of Louis XV at the Louvre served as a model.”

The Blue Salon

THE BLUE SALON is an example of decorating with mirrors.  “The mirrors were to give an illusion of an indefinite flight of rooms….On the mantle-piece in Meissen porcelain is a marble statuette of Jupiter and flower-decorated candelabras of Meissen porcelain.”  Again, the wood-inlay floor is just amazing!

The Dining Room

THE DINING ROOM is in the shape of an oval.  Once again, lots of French influence in the decorations of the room – including stucco cupids.  “The magic table…an allusion made to a fairy tale by Grimm – allowed the King, as at Linderhof, to take his meals all by himself.”  Again, the table “disappeared” down into the kitchen below, then filled with food, and then hoisted back to the dining room for the king to take his meal…alone.  Poor man…he must have been very lonely.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany- Our Favorite Castles

20 Sep

HERRENCHIEMSEE – PART 3

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

The Great Hall of Mirrors

THE GREAT HALL OF MIRRORS was always a place of great beauty to us.  While it was definitely designed after the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, it was “newer” than Versailles, of course, and so felt different to us. 

1969 – our trip to Bavaria.  Fred’s mother is on the left in the green hat,

looking at the ceiling

“For the Hall of Mirrors of Herrenchiemsee, the King demanded a true-to-scale copy [of Versailles], which was planned and built in 1879-1881.  It had a length of 98 meters and is longer than the Versailles model….the frame decoration, which in Versailles is only painted, is carried out here in gilded stucco ornaments…the pictures occasionally are extended three-dimensionally in stucco.”

The Hall of War

In THE HALL OF WAR, “the walls are covered with multicolored marble stucco.  Above the mantelpiece, an oval bas-relief in stucco: ‘Louis XIV on horseback’.”

The Bedchamber

THE BEDCHAMBER, I am assuming, was not the State Bedchamber, but the bedroom for the king in his apartment in the palace.  Please notice the blue glass globe in front of the bed – it was used as night illumination for the king.  I guess he needed a night light, just as our children do in this day and age.  Please notice the wood-inlay floors.  Wow!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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